Beram Travel Guide

  • Frescoes, baroque altar and baroque ceiling
    Frescoes, baroque altar and baroque...
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  • Frescoes, the ceiling
    Frescoes, the ceiling
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  • Dance of death, detail
    Dance of death, detail
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Beram Things to Do

  • Beram - St. Mary of the Rocks - frescoes...

    Beram is close to Pazin. Driving from Porec across Istria usually means passing Pazin - but many people do not pay attention to Beram, a little fortified town few miles before Pazin if one drives from Porec. There is a narrow one-lane road leading to the top of the hill where the center of the small town is. In the center is a parochial church of...

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  • "Dance of The Dead" in Beram

    Our guide book was as helpful in as much as telling us we needed to go to Beram, which we did. It's a small place with a whopping big church BUT this is NOT the church required!There's map of sorts on a board near the church - and if you can follow the directions and find The Confraternity Church of St. Mary on Skrilinah, from it's directions... I...

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  • The three wise men riding across Istra

    This field is the first from left of the upper row on the northern wall and spread over six fields of the lower row, until a narrow window. As it is so long, it is not easy to take a photography and I forgot to take it in the end. I feel that I have parts of it that I should try to stick together.

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  • The wheel of fortune

    This field is on the western wall, on the right to the main entrance.Most of this field was equally destroyed when a new window was opened in the 18th century, right to the main entrance. I did not felt useful to take a photo. May be I should have !

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  • Adam and Eve

    This field is on the western wall, left to the main entrance.Most of this field was destroyed when a new window was opened in the 18th century. Only the legs (under the knee !) of Adam and Eve remain ! I thought it was unnecessary to take the picture.

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  • The Judas kiss

    This field is the first from right of the lower row on the northern wall, right to a narrow window. Just then Judas, one of Jesus’ followers, came with a large crowd. He came and kissed Jesus on the cheek. This was a sign to tell the guards who they were to arrest. They came and arrested Jesus. All Jesus’ followers ran away.

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  • The Last Supper

    This field is the first from right of the upper row on the northern wall, right to a narrow window. The Passover supper went on. Jesus stood up and took a loaf of bread, gave thanks for it, broke it, and gave a piece to each one of His apostles. As Jesus did this, He said, “Eat this, for this is My body which is broken for you”. Then He took a cup...

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  • The Mount of Olives

    This field is the second from right of the lower row on the northern wall, left to a narrow window. Then importantly, after the Last Supper, the disciples go with Jesus to the Mount of Olive and there Jesus tells them they will deny him and leave him but Peter leaps in again and says “Everyone else will desert you but I won’t ”. Jesus tells him...

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  • Jesus entering in Jerusalem

    This field is the third from right of the lower row on the northern wall. They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed...

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  • The Legend of St. George and the Dragon

    St. George journeyed for many months by land and sea until he came to Egypt. Here he met a poor hermit who told him that everyone in that land was in great distress, for a dragon ravaged the country. Every day said he demands the sacrifice of a beautiful maiden and now all the young girls have been killed. The King's daughter alone remains, and...

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  • Saint George

    This field is the fourth from left (middle) of the lower row on the northern wall. George was born in Cappadocia (now Eastern Turkey) in the year AD 270. He was a Christian. At the age of seventeen he joined the Roman army and soon became renowned for his bravery. He served under a pagan Emperor, Diocletian, but never forgot his Christian faith.The...

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  • Saint Martin

    This field is the third from left of the lower row on the northern wall. This is his story: In 316 or 317 Martin was born in Sabaria (now Hungary). His father had reached the rank of an important officer in the Roman army. His son was named after the war god Mars : Martin, the brave, the courageous. The family moved to Pavia in Italy. When he was...

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  • The Three Wise Men

    This field is the second from left of the lower row on the northern wall. The Three Wise Men, also known as the Three Magi or the Three Kings, appear in the New Testament, in the Gospel of Matthew. There, they appear before Jesus as a child, noting that they observed his star in the east, and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. They...

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  • Jesus in the Desert

    This field is the first from left of the lower row on the northern wall. The Gospels speak of a time of solitude for Jesus in the desert immediately after his baptism by John. Driven by the Spirit into the desert, Jesus remains there for forty days without eating; he lives among wild beasts, and angels minister to him. At the end of this time Satan...

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  • Slaughter of the Innocents

    This field is the first from right of the lower row on the southern wall.According to Matthew's gospel, once Herod realized that he had been tricked by the wise men, he ordered the slaughter of all male babies under two years of age living in or around Bethlehem:

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  • Escape to Egypt

    This field is the second from right of the lower row on the southern wall. “And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.”

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  • Saint Sebastian

    This field is the fifth from left (third from right) of the lower row on the southern wall.Sebastian died a martyr in Rome, probably in AD 288. His tomb in the place named Ad Catacumbas on the Via Appia has been venerated at least as far back as the time of Saint Ambrose and probably had some connection to Milan. Two hundred years after his death a...

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  • Saint Michael

    This field is the forth from left (middle) of the lower row on the southern wall, right to the south door.Saint Michael was usually honored on mountain tops and high places, and many famous shrines to him survive on those places, often replacing shrines of pre-Christian gods concerned with weather, likeWotan. He was also seen as replacing Hermes or...

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  • Presentation of Jesus in the Temple

    Presentation of Jesus in the Temple This field is the third from left of the lower row on the southern wall, left to the south door.According to the law of Moses, every firstborn male was to be brought into the temple to be dedicated to God on the fortieth day after birth. At that time a sacrifice of thanksgiving was also to be brought. The Holy...

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  • Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan river

    This field is the second from left of the lower row on the southern wall, right to a narrow window.Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan river near Bethany. Jesus was about 30 years old when he was baptized. John was reluctant to baptize Jesus, for he said "I have need to be baptized by you." John knew that Jesus was the son of God....

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  • Saint Florian

    This field is the first from left of the lower row on the southern wall, left to a narrow window. Ikt is not in good condition and the bottom has disappeared.Florian was born in Cetti (Cetium,Austria) (nowadays Zeiselmauer at Vienna) into a military family and he became an officer of the army of Emperor Diocletian, a Roman emperor born in Salona,...

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  • Presentation of Jesus in the Temple

    This field is the first from right of the upper row on the southern wall.The Presentation in the Temple is recounted in the New Testament. Mary and Joseph bring the child Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem to dedicate him to God where he is received by Simeon. God had revealed to Simeon that he would not die before he had seen the Messiah. The pair...

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  • Birth of Jesus

    This field is the second from right of the upper row on the southern wall.Some time later, a decree of the emperor required that they should proceed to Bethlehem, some 80 or 90 miles from Nazareth; and while they were there they found shelter in the inn provided for strangers. But as the inn was crowded, Mary had to retire to a place among the...

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  • Visitation of Mary the Virgin

    This field is the fifth from left (third from right) of the upper row on the southern wall.After the angel Gabriel had announced to Mary that she was to become the mother of a child, Mary went from Galilee to Judea to visit her cousin Elizabeth, soon to be the mother of John the Baptist

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  • The Annunciation

    This field is the fourth from left (middle) of the upper row on the southern wall, over the south door.In the city of Nazareth, in Galilee, there lived a young woman named Mary. She was soon to marry a carpenter named Joseph.One day Gabriel, an angel, visited Mary and said: "Greetings, most favored one, and do not be afraid. God has chosen you...

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  • Mariage of Mary

    This field is the third from left of the upper row on the southern wall, over the south door.The apocryphal writings to which we referred in the last paragraph state that Mary remained in the Temple after her presentation in order to be educated with other Jewish children. There she enjoyed ecstatic visions and daily visits of the holy angels. When...

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  • Presentation of Mary in the Temple

    This field is the second from left of the upper row on the southern wall, right to a narrow window.Mary's father, Joachim, tells Anna his wife that he wishes to bring their child to the Temple of the Lord. Anna responds that they should wait until the child is three years old lest she yearn for her parents. When the day arrived, the undefiled...

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  • Birth of Mary

    This field is the first from left of the upper row on the southern wall, left to a narrow window.Only part of her legend can be found in the Gospels (of Matthew and of Luke), many facts of her life were written later, and her cult was established only in the late Middle Ages. The fullest account of her life could be found in The Golden Legend, a...

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  • The dance of death (right part)

    There are ten characters in this dance ; each one is accompanied by Death. After the first skeleton come the pope, the cardinal, the bishop, the king, the queen, the innkeeper, the child, the maimed, the knight, and finally the merchant, who stands by a table covered with goods. Notice that the laymen are separated from the clerics ; the first...

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  • The dance of death (left part)

    This field is on the western wall, over the two previous fields and the main entrance. The bottom has been destroyed when the two new windows were open.There are two dances of death in Istria. The first one is located in Hrastovlje, Slovenia. The second and oldest one is in Beram. St-Mary's church (Sveta Marija na Skrilinah) painted by Vincent de...

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Beram Off The Beaten Path

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    by JLBG Updated Nov 7, 2004

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    In the cemetery that is around the church, a few graves have kept their stone. More grave stones must be hidden by the vegetation. This one bears a strange writing. The first idea is that it might be glagolithic script but looking more carefully, the letters do not seem to glagolithic. Then what ?

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  • Inside Sveta Marija na Skrilinah

    The first glimpse inside Sveta Marija na Skrilinah is a great surprise. Frescoes cover the walls and the ceiling. Every space that could be painted has been painted. And everything (nearly everything) is in such a good condition after so long !

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  • The entrance of Sveta Marija na...

    The entrance of Sveta Marija na Skrilinah does not open directly on the outside. There is a porch that protects the main entrance from rain and wind. This architectural characteristic has certainly helped to keep the frescoes in good condition.

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  • Sveta Marija na Skrilinah

    The church Sveta Marija na Skrilinah is small is strong and massive. It has been able to protect the frescoes from rain, snow, storms and sun in relatively good condition for more than half a millenary. Most alterations were man made when more windows were opened in the walls.

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